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22nd July 2021

Despite popular belief, the first electric car was made in 1884 – even though its popularity and environmental benefits have only recently come to fruition in the 21st century. The EV has been silently gathering momentum for years – dating back to the late 19th century, where correlations between electricity being viewed as a conceivable means of propulsion came into play. This guide looks to expl...

21st July 2021

Many people believe that there is a two-week grace period for lapsed MOTs – which can allow drivers a leeway period to get their vehicle booked in for their MOT test. Unfortunately, despite popular belief, the ‘MOT grace period’ is actually a myth. MOT expiry grace period If your MOT has expired, it is illegal to be driving on the road – and there is no official grace period to suggest otherwise...

16th July 2021

From Monday 19 July, a loosening of government restrictions in England means the wearing of face coverings and observing 1m social distancing is no longer mandatory. However, the government recommendation remains to wear face masks in indoor environments. With this in mind, we will be respectfully encouraging our customers to voluntarily maintain the same safety measures of face masks and social...

14th July 2021

No-one likes to hear the news that their car has failed its MOT. In the past, this meant a trip to the garage for repairs, a re-test and, if you continued driving without an MOT, a fine up to £1,000. With more motorists driving without an MOT than ever, steeper fines have been implemented in the last few years, as well as new terminology to classify vehicle defects. Keep reading our guide to disco...

14th July 2021

Are you familiar with your car’s tyre tread depth? If you answered no, you’re not alone. A survey from Tyre Safe revealed that 1 in 5 drivers have never checked their tyres, so it’s no surprise that there are roughly 10 million illegal tyres on Britain’s roads every year. Tyres are a vehicle’s only point of contact with the road and if they don’t have adequate grip, the consequences can be fatal....

16th June 2021

Thinking of making the transition to an electric vehicle, but wondering how long you’ll actually drive it for? In this detailed guide, we’ve covered everything you need to know – from how often you can expect to recharge an electric car battery, through to the battery’s lifespan and the environmental benefits of electric vehicles. How long does an electric car battery last before recharging? Ele...

14th June 2021

Why is tyre wear so important? Tyres wear over time – it’s a natural part of their life cycle, as is the case with many other motoring parts. However, there’s a difference between natural tyre wear and uneven or abnormal tyre wear. So, what is excessive or uneven tyre wear, and why is it so important that your tyre wear is properly monitored? Impacts of uneven tyre wear Uneven tyre wear can be...

14th June 2021

MOT prices can vary based on a variety of factors such as the type of vehicle and the test centre you choose to attend. For a car, however, test centres are limited to how much they can charge.   Here at Merityre Specialists, we offer MOTs from £39.95 on class 4 vehicles across our DVSA approved MOT Test branches. This is well below the Government’s maximum threshold of £54.85! MOT costs: how ar...

14th June 2021

When you buy a new car, you expect it to be in perfect condition and completely safe to drive. This will most likely be the case to begin with; however, it won’t be long before your vehicle is required to have its first MOT test. This is a DVSA-authorised inspection to confirm your vehicle meets the legal road and environmental safety standards. If you have questions about how your first MOT will...

24th May 2021

If you’re considering making the switch to a hybrid or fully electric vehicle, one of the most common questions we hear is ‘how much does it cost to charge an electric car?’. With many of us being so used to petrol and diesel vehicles, we have a good understanding of the cost to fill up a vehicle of a certain engine size or use, and it’s easy to budget for that each month. However, with petrol pr...